Telling Abbott the truth

Green’s Senator Scott Ludlam welcomes Tony Abbott to Western Australia.

And Ludlam nails it. Seven minutes of hard-hitting truth.

Naturally, Tony Abbott won’t bother to listen to this speech. But thousands will.

54 comments on “Telling Abbott the truth

  1. What a marvellous speech! I am very impressed and wished he were my senator! If i were living in WA i know who i would vote for! Thank you Michael for sharing this.

  2. If that doesn’t get him reelected, I don’t know what will. Great speech Scott, you beautiful man! 😀

  3. This speech does really sum up the lack of vision and policy void that is the current inadequate and divisive LNP Federal Government. I hope Scott Ludlam is returned to the Senate as we really do need somebody who is interested in Australia and the sustainable development of a once great Nation.

  4. An excellent speech from an honest politician.
    If we are to have a liveable future, it has to be green. or even Green.

  5. Now he says we have too many national parks; to appease, of course, the timber workers. Yet before the election he committed to planting millions of trees – his approach to tackling climate change.

    I’m clearly convinced the man is off his rocker.

  6. What a breath of fresh air. A politician who didn’t feel the need to just repeat three words over and over as if we are children. Well spoken Senator Ludlam. I too, wish you were my local representaive.

  7. I have never voted Green in my life and I sent Senator Ludlam money today for his campaign. What and intelligent address of the parliament. A breath of clear air in the toilet that has become the most putrid, onerous political climate in Australia’s history created by an unworthy man of division elected on a lie. Bravo Scott Ludlam, we need more people like you in parliament.

  8. Steven Subhash James
    “MARCH 5, 2014 @ 7:28 PM
    John B, your not the full quid !”

    That would be, “John B, you’re not the full quid !”

    Steven, you’re clearly not the full punctuation or spelling.

  9. All the usual Green/Red waffle. Nothing to see here. Misrepresentations, exaggerations, fabrications.

  10. More for Ludlam to attack Abbott over.

    Heard on the radio this morning about a successful Federal/State partnership program to help homelessness. The Federal component is currently around $320 million and the amount is negotiated each year. Last year under Labor it was rolled over, though not ideal and admonished as it should be indexed to costs, still enabled the program to continue.

    Time for the funding negotiations and this Federal government is not only not rolling over the current amount, which is the minimum required to keep it going, but is completely ignoring the whole program altogether, not in anyway bothering to talk to those involved, so the whole thing is being left in limbo. Already staff are being laid off and centres preparing to close.

    Andrews can’t be contacted for comment, which is also so typical of this cowardly government and their foetid leader.

    This is a government that doesn’t give a rat’s arse about fellow Australians let alone fellow human beings. It has no moral conscious, which is worse as most profess to be devout Christians, and it seems it sole purpose is to keep itself in power by any means, no matter how corrupt, as a means to make the wealthy richer at the cost of the rest of Australian society and environment.

    What a terrible government.

  11. OK, I admit I am a bit slow and this is one of those times. Have been busy linking Mr Ludlum’s speech to the PM on other AIMN blogs.

    Can’t hurt for repetition though, can it? Good to see a politician speak the truth for a change.

  12. Roswell and,

    Now he says we have too many national parks; to appease, of course, the timber workers. Yet before the election he committed to planting millions of trees – his approach to tackling climate change.

    I’m clearly convinced the man is off his rocker.

    Thank you for picking up on that one..Abbott is going to encourage the chopping down of trees, perhaps he’ll have his green army following along behind the blokes with chainsaws replanting. Cannot anyone in the msm see anything wrong with chop ’em down with one hand and promise to plant ’em with the other.

    And of course Abbott is also going to encourage new jobs and prosperity by sacking people… But then Abbott was never known for his strong sense of logic. 🙄

  13. G’day All,

    MARCH 5, 2014 @ 10:02 PM
    Steven Subhash James
    “MARCH 5, 2014 @ 7:28 PM
    John B, your not the full quid !”

    That would be, “John B, you’re not the full quid !”

    No, that would be “John B, you’re not the full quid!”, the exclamation mark acts as a period, you fuckwit. Before you start to correct, you uni-neuronal moron, please consider how stupid you really are. Other than that, I totally agree with Stevens’ statement..

  14. G’day All,

    Steven Subhash James
    MARCH 7, 2014 @ 12:25 AM

    If he looks like a prick, if he walks like a prick and if he talks like a prick, then according to scientific rationalism, he is most probably a prick. Nice to meet you, the pleasure is mine.

  15. @JohnB: You are an idiot! The Greens are for everything that Abbott is against. And you’re the one who needs to go back to school and learn about how to use punctuation properly! And you’re obviously an Abbott supporter. You are living in the past you dumbass, Get your head out of your arse and use your brain if you have one! ugh!

  16. Thank God, for social media,otherwise this wonderful speech would of being buried forever Because our gutless MSM never gave it the light of day
    thank you scott for saying what so many voters are thinking my only hope is that the people in WA reward you with a spot in the senate.

  17. Good on you Scott Ludlam, we need more honest, free thinkers in this world. I am wondering why the Senate was almost empty on the day of this speech – but thank goodness the speech is being aired freely on social media for the general public to hear. I would love Tony Abbott to hear it but there is “fat chance” of that unfortunately. Anyway, he wouldn’t care – he would just smirk and fluff around and repeat himself copiously, all the while saying nothing!! Disgusting man!!

  18. The truth about Abbott and his government, they aren’t truthful and never have been.

    Proof that fraudband is exactly that, a very expensive con that going to deliver us the internet dark ages compared to the rest of the world. Just as this government is going to deliver us an environmental dark age and is now promising WorkChoices to implement a social dark age.

  19. The backlash against this government over it’s shocking and inhumane treatment of asylum seekers is slowly but surely growing, and against those horrible Australian companies who are profiteering from human misery.

    Sydney Biennale chairman quits; event cuts ties with Transfield over company’s links to detention entres

    Hope there are many more compassionate souls like him, something completely and utterly lacking from the heartless and empty right wingers.

  20. Turnbull with the CEOs of our Telcos.

    Have you spotted what’s missing from the picture, and in the broader picture what is so terribly wrong with this government?

  21. Another truth Mr. Abbott. There is little wrong with Australia’s IR laws under Fair Work Australia. They are delivering for the nation. Delivered flexibility during the GFC.

    Mr. Abbott and Abetz, it is not the worker that is letting the side down when it comes to productivity. It is the employers. Mr. Abbott, is you cannot indetify what the problems and their cause are, how can you fix the problems.

    Labour is delivering. Delivering more than its fair share. Capital is not.

    Blaming workers and so called carbon tax is not the answer.

    ……………….As the Productivity Commission undertakes a “comprehensive” review of workplace laws, it’s worth noting that Australia’s soft economy is being accompanied by slowing wages growth – exactly what you’d expect to see in a market with a good degree of labour flexibility, writes Stephen Koukoulas.

    Treasurer Joe Hockey and Employment Minister Eric Abetz must be delighted with the current structure of the industrial relations system and the degree of flexibility in labour market conditions.

    Recent labour market data has confirmed a near textbook degree of flexibility in wages. At a time when employment growth is softening and the unemployment rate has been edging up, there has been a quite abrupt slowing in the pace of wages growth.

    Here are the facts.

    Since the first half of 2011, the unemployment rate has edged up from a little below 5 per cent to the current rate of 6.0 per cent. This has been the direct result of the extended period of sub-trend economic growth as the terms of trade have fallen and as monetary policy was kept too tight for too long.

    The flexibility of the labour market is shown in the fact that the annual pace of wages growth has slowed from around 4 per cent three years ago to a record low 2.6 per cent in the most recent period.

    If the labour market were rigid, inflexible or the industrial relations system were in need of a major overhaul, wages growth would not have slowed (and certainly not to a record low) in the wake of the upward trend in the unemployment rate.

    All of which suggests the hidden agenda of reform to the labour market slowly but surely being unfurled by the Coalition government since the election is not really about macroeconomic management.

    There is no doubt that for a high-growth, strong productivity and high-income economy, the labour market has to have some degree of flexibility embedded in it.

    In its most extreme, a completely flexible labour market would be characterised by no minimum wage, no unemployment benefits, unregulated health and safety guidelines, and workers agreeing to a wage according to the offer of employers.

    Generally very poor and impoverished countries are closest to this system of full flexibility. Of the rich countries, the US labour market is highly flexible but the system there is riddled with minimum wages and a poor social welfare safety net which simply reinforce poverty. The recent history also shows, all too clearly, that a high degree of flexibility did not prevent the unemployment rate from hitting 10 per cent during the recent recession and even now, it is still around 6.5 per cent.

    Australia’s allegedly inflexible labour market, at least according to the industrial relations zealots, has not had an unemployment rate above 6.0 per cent since 2003.

    To be sure, the Australian industrial relations system and labour market regulations need to be refined and adjusted from time to time, according to structural and other changes within the economy. There of course needs to be an ongoing embrace of the structure that links pay rises to productivity, that sees high wages paid to high skilled workers and, importantly, for there to be a safety net for those who slip through the cracks as the economy evolves.

    It is also important to emphasise that within labour market reform comes training, skilling and education. Reskilling a factory worker is all about flexibility as well as, obviously, having a decent social outcome for the population. Bringing children through the education system with knowledge and a vibrant mind is not only good for the individual, but also good for the economy as the breadth of job opportunities unfolds.

    In the end, the hard facts on the macroeconomic outlook confirm a good degree of labour market flexibility and no urgency for mass reform of the industrial relations system. A soft economy is being accompanied by slowing wages growth.

    This is good news, and it is aided by the fact that productivity growth has been strong over the past year.

    The other good news is that as the pace of economic growth accelerates towards 3.5 per cent through 2014 and into 2015, the rate of job creation will inevitably lift and the unemployment rate will fall, just as any flexible labour market would dictate.

    When this happens, the flexible labour market will react to the falling unemployment rate with some acceleration in wages growth. This will be a good thing as the profit share tilts a little towards labour and away from the corporate sector…….

  22. Fed up @ 9:45 am
    …and Abetz, it is not the worker that is letting the side down when it comes to productivity. It is the employers. Mr. Abbott, is you cannot indetify what the problems and their cause are, how can you fix the problems.

    Absolutely. Any analysis of the Australian workplace and IR regime shows over the last decade and a half shows that the root cause of any productivity declines has been on management and supply side, not on the production and labour side, which has significantly improved.

    Yet the IPA and industry management, with this government slavishly following suit, wants to punish workers for a failure that is not theirs but belongs squarely with those running businesses, whilst increasing the rewards and remuneration many fold for failing.

    It’s a regime that is not only unsustainable but doomed to collapse in a terrible way if allowed to not just continue, but if Abbott gets his way, to increase the burden on the worker to make up for the failures of their bosses.

  23. Considering the profits that are being announced by these Mining Companies I hardly think they can scream ‘poor productivity’, or am I missing something.

  24. Britain can only dream of having such and eloquent speaker in the House of Commons, where such a speech would be greeted by catcalls and childish, public schoolboy noises. That’s if anyone turned up to listen. Thanks for that.

  25. Gotta love it.

    After Julie Bishop’s woeful interview with the BBC, which has garnered many negative reports of her in the foreign media, where she was caught out directly lying, she has now been tagged “Juliar”.

    Juliar Bishop, how so very apt for a real liar.

  26. Juliar Bishop

    When will murdoch run an expose on her earlobes?

    Either that or the normally unflappable foreign affairs minister was so taken aback by the depiction of the government’s ”uncivilised” conduct, she forgot a few facts when defending Operation Sovereign Borders to a British audience.

    Read more:

    You just know that if this was a Labor politician in the last Parliament, “dumb blonde” would have been the allusion.

  27. The leaked draft of the Productivity Commission’s review of the Fair Work Act shows we can’t take the Coalition at its word on industrial relations.

    More lies from Abbott and this government, after promising that penalty rates and conditions weren’t on the table in the first term it turns out they very much are and WorkChoices far from being “dead and buried” is very much “alive and kicking”.

    Apparently business groups are already salivating.

    They must think all their dreams have come true in one hit. No more environmental restrictions, reduced WH&S responsibilities, scrapping penalties, conditions along with reducing wages and opening the doors for bringing in very cheap foreign labour.

    They must already planning their next mansions, overseas luxury holidays, private jets and yachts.

  28. Can’t wait for the next “workchoice” campaign to get rolling ME. The upside is, we already have those old horror stories all ready to run.

    I’ll bet our media won’t tag tabot with a liar meme though like they did with Gillard. And with this to back them up with

    Consumer confidence has collapsed, sliding to its lowest point since the Gillard prime ministership as Labor supporters despair about jobs, the economy and business profitability.

    Read more:

  29. Tom there won’t be a WorkChoice campaign of any type in my opinion.

    They way I see it unfolding, and recent events bear this out, it will be a piecemeal dropping of backbench protests, leaks, known outcome reviews etc, that will recommend or demand one bit at a time.

    They will put it out there, find how much of a protest or backlash there will be and then reframe the debate or change the line of attack.

    The current attack against penalty rates was started by the backbench (under orders of course) and supposedly dismissed, but note it keeps propping up and far from being dismissed by the Workplace Relations Minister as stated, it turns out its being actively pursued.

    Once penalty rates and conditions have run their course they will start on another aspect of WorkChoices, such as individual agreements along the false lines of falling productivity and flexibility.

    Indeed if you ever hear this government or a business representative use the word flexibility in relation to IR then you can certainly supplant it with the term WorkChoices.

  30. Agree with you, ME

    Abbott not that stupid he would refer to the winding back of rights and conditions for workers as “Workchoices”. As you say the regression will be incremental – Labor left enough framework of Workchoices to make this further erosion of workers’ rights easier. It will be called ‘Balance’ – workers get all the responsibilities, employers all the rights.

    Besides, Abbott won an election that gives him a mandate to do whatever he wants. 😮

    Someone should tell Tones, South Australians drink cat’s piss (to the easily startled I am not saying they do – just over emphasising ME’s point regarding Coopers)

  31. Abbott has come out and says he drinks Coopers

    SA is tabots best friend (this week)

    How many ‘besties’ can one person have?

  32. A fraction of what the international media are saying about Abbott, and now they are into Juliar Bishop as well.

  33. The right wingers should be absolutely angry over this blatant lie told to the UN by the government as it means they were being misleading so as to have an environment destroyed.

    Coalition ‘misled’ UN over bid to strip heritage listing from Tasmanian forest

    Photos show 90% of the 74,000 hectares the government claims is degraded are ecologically pristine forests.

    As no surprise Hunt says he as photos of the areas he wants delisted that show the areas are degraded and were previously logged, but the government is refusing to release the photos.

    Probably waiting until the cropping and photoshopping can’t be detected and the real area they are from ascertained.

    By the way how many lies and deceits do we have to reveal by this government before any right wingers speaks out against them? After all they were unbelievably vociferous and angry over a purported one single lie that wasn’t one by Labor.

    Also this deceit is being reported by the international media.

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